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Super 16: Blackhawks move into top three

Penguins fall, Capitals, Wild stay Nos. 1, 2

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The red-hot Chicago Blackhawks finally broke the logjam at the top of NHL.com's weekly Super 16 power rankings by jumping the Pittsburgh Penguins to move into the No. 3 spot behind the Washington Capitals and Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks, who defeated the Penguins 4-1 on Wednesday, have won five straight games and are 10-1-0 since Feb. 2. Patrick Kane had a hat trick against Pittsburgh, his second in the past three games.

The Capitals, who made arguably the biggest addition prior to the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday by acquiring defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, remained No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week.

Video: PIT@CHI: Kane buries one-timer for his second goal

The Wild, who made headlines of their own by acquiring forwards Martin Hanzal and Ryan White in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday, are No. 2 for the sixth straight week.

The rankings are calculated by a points-based system based on the votes of the 13 participating staff members. Point values are assigned to each ranking. The point values are assigned as follows: 16 points for a No. 1 ranking, down to one point for a No. 16 ranking.

Check out where they all landed once the math was finished, and be sure stay for the information:

 

1. Washington Capitals (42-13-7)

Total points: 207
Last week: No. 1

Hit: Shattenkirk was the best rental player available in advance of the deadline. The Capitals are 1-0-0 with him in the lineup after a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
Miss: Washington is dealing with injuries to forward T.J. Oshie (upper body) and defenseman Brooks Orpik (lower body), but each practiced Wednesday and is close to returning, coach Barry Trotz said.

 

2. Minnesota Wild (41-14-6)

Total points: 193
Last week: No. 2
Hit: The Wild have enviable center depth with the addition of Hanzal, who joins Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu as a sizable 1-2-3 punch down the middle.
Miss: Ryan Suter is day to day with a lower-body injury, and Zach Parise and Jason Pominville are dealing with the mumps.

Video: LAK@MIN: Granlund cuts through zone, dekes for OT win

 

3. Chicago Blackhawks (40-18-5)

Total points: 180
Last week: No. 4
Hit: The surging Blackhawks got defenseman Johnny Oduya back in the fold (he helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015) in a trade with the Dallas Stars.
Miss: Nothing.

 

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (38-16-8)

Total points: 171
Last week: No. 3
Hit: The Penguins shored up their defensive depth by trading for Mark Streit and Ron Hainsey before the deadline.
Miss: They are dealing with injuries on defense to Kris Letang (upper body), who has missed three straight games, as well as Olli Maatta (hand) and Trevor Daley (knee). Maatta and Daley likely are out for the rest of the regular season.

 

5. San Jose Sharks (37-18-7)

Total points: 144
Last week: No. 7
Hit: The Sharks added speed and depth to their lineup with the addition of forward Jannik Hansen, who was acquired in a trade from the Vancouver Canucks early Wednesday morning.
Miss: Hansen won't be available to play for the Sharks against the Canucks on Thursday because he has to get the paperwork required to work in the United States completed. He could be available against the Wild on Sunday.

Video: TOR@SJS: Hertl goes short side to give Sharks lead

 

6. Columbus Blue Jackets (39-16-6)

Total points: 142
Last week: No. 6
Hit: The Blue Jackets beefed up their depth with the additions of forward Lauri Korpikoski and defenseman Kyle Quincey in separate trades Wednesday.
Miss: Forward Matt Calvert was placed on injured reserve Monday with an oblique strain. He's considered week to week. He has nine goals in 51 games this season.

 

7. New York Rangers (40-21-2)

Total points: 140
Last week: No. 5
Hit: They didn't get Shattenkirk, but the Rangers filled a need on the back end by acquiring defenseman Brendan Smith in a trade from the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Smith is expected to play on the top pair with Ryan McDonagh against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
Miss: The injury bug has bitten the Rangers. Defenseman Dan Girardi (ankle) is week to week, and forward Jesper Fast is week to week with an upper-body injury believed to be in his shoulder. In addition, defenseman Kevin Klein is dealing with back spasms, left wing Michael Grabner has a hip injury and center Mika Zibanejad has a hand injury.

 

8. Montreal Canadiens (35-21-8)

Total points: 108
Last week: No. 8
Hit: The Canadiens, who have won three in a row, got bigger Wednesday by acquiring forward Dwight King (6-foot-4, 229 pounds) from the Los Angeles Kings and forward Andreas Martinsen (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) from the Colorado Avalanche.
Miss: They did not acquire a top-six goal-scorer. Montreal has scored 13 goals in its past eight games and hasn't won in regulation since Jan. 31.

Video: MTL@NJD: Galchenyuk scorches one-time PPG for OT win

 

9. Edmonton Oilers (34-22-8)

Total points: 100
Last week: No. 9
Hit: The Oilers added David Desharnais, a speedy, versatile, depth forward, in a trade with the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Miss: They did not acquire a veteran backup goalie to help spell Cam Talbot down the stretch. Talbot leads the League in games played and starts (57 each). The Oilers have two wins from their backup goalies.

 

10. Anaheim Ducks (32-21-10)

Total points: 80
Last week: No. 10
Hit: The Ducks, who are in the middle of their five-day break, play their next three games and eight of their next 11 at home.
Miss: Their salary-cap situation prevented them from being buyers before the deadline beyond acquiring forward Patrick Eaves from the Stars. The Ducks have no cap space available, according to CapFriendly.com.

 

11. Ottawa Senators (33-22-6)

Total points: 74
Last week: No. 11
Hit: The Senators got grittier and potentially more offensive with the addition of Alexandre Burrows, who was acquired from the Canucks in a trade Monday. They also got forward Viktor Stalberg from the Carolina Hurricanes and defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka from the Calgary Flames in separate trades.
Miss: Curtis Lazar, selected by the Senators with the No. 17 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, was traded to Calgary in the trade that brought back Jokipakka and a second-round pick in the 2017 draft. Lazar never fulfilled his potential in Ottawa.

Video: OTT@TBL: Turris one-times PPG for 300th career point

 

12. Nashville Predators (32-22-9)

Total points: 73
Last week: NR
Hit: Filip Forsberg has scored 10 goals in the past five games.
Miss: Hard to complain right now considering they are 5-0-1 in their past six games, but the Predators have allowed 21 goals in those six games. Their defense and goaltending have to improve.

 

13. Boston Bruins (33-24-6)

Total points: 55
Last week: No. 15
Hit: The Bruins pulled off a no-brainer trade Wednesday by acquiring Drew Stafford from the Winnipeg Jets for a sixth-round draft pick. They didn't overextend themselves or give away future assets for a higher-end rental and still got a player who can win faceoffs and play a strong defensive game.
Miss: They have deficiencies in some areas, but the Bruins are 7-1-0 in their past eight games, and they don't have any significant injuries. There is no real miss with them right now.

 

14. Calgary Flames (34-26-4)

Total points: 41
Last week: NR
Hit: The Flames, who have won five games in a row and are 6-0-1 in their past seven, play six of their next seven games at home.
Miss: They're 16-14-0 at home this season. Their 32 home points are the fewest among Western Conference teams currently in a Stanley Cup Playoff position.

Video: LAK@CGY: Brodie breaks in, roofs backhand for OT win

 

15. Toronto Maple Leafs (28-21-13)

Total points: 25
Last week: No. 14
Hit: The Maple Leafs gained a combined 160 games of NHL postseason experience when they acquired forwards Brian Boyle and Eric Fehr in separate trades this week. Fehr won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins last season, and Boyle has lost in the Stanley Cup Final twice.
Miss: The Maple Leafs went 5-5-4 in February and will play five of their next seven games on the road, including a back-to-back set at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday and at the Ducks on Friday. They lost 3-1 at the Sharks on Tuesday.

 

16. New York Islanders (29-22-10)

Total points: 11
Last week: No. 16
Hit: The Islanders, who haven't played since their 7-0 loss at Columbus last Saturday, will have rookie Josh Ho-Sang in the lineup at the Stars on Thursday. Ho-Sang will be making his NHL debut. He was the rookie of the month in the American Hockey League after scoring 15 points in 12 games with Bridgeport.
Miss: The Islanders curiously didn't make any trades in advance of the deadline. They are one point out of a playoff position. An upgrade anywhere could have helped them.


Others receiving points: Florida Panthers 10, St. Louis Blues 10, Los Angeles Kings 3
Dropped out from last week: Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues


HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

ARPON BASU
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Florida Panthers; 14. Calgary Flames; 15. New York Islanders; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs

AMALIE BENJAMIN
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. New York Rangers; 6. Columbus Blue Jackets; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Montreal Canadiens; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Florida Panthers

TIM CAMPBELL
1. Minnesota Wild; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. New York Rangers; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Montreal Canadiens; 11. Nashville Predators; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. New York Islanders; 16. Los Angeles Kings

BRIAN COMPTON
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. New York Rangers; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Nashville Predators; 12. Calgary Flames; 13. Anaheim Ducks; 14. Ottawa Senators; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. New York Islanders

NICK COTSONIKA
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Ottawa Senators; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Anaheim Ducks; 11. Montreal Canadiens; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Calgary Flames; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. Florida Panthers

LISA DILLMAN
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. New York Rangers; 7. Montreal Canadiens; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. Anaheim Ducks; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. Calgary Flames; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Ottawa Senators; 15. Florida Panthers; 16. New York Islanders

TOM GULITTI
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4 Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Anaheim Ducks; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Calgary Flames. 16. New York Islanders

ADAM KIMELMAN
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. New York Rangers; 7. Columbus Blue Jackets; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Montreal Canadiens; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Calgary Flames

ROBERT LAFLAMME
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Calgary Flames; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. St. Louis Blues

MIKE G. MORREALE
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. New York Rangers; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. Montreal Canadiens; 8. Columbus Blue Jackets; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. New York Islanders; 15. Anaheim Ducks; 16. Calgary Flames

BILL PRICE
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. Columbus Blue Jackets; 7. Montreal Canadiens; 8. New York Rangers; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Calgary Flames; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs

SHAWN ROARKE
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. New York Rangers; 7. Columbus Blue Jackets; 8. Anaheim Ducks; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs

DAN ROSEN
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. New York Rangers; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Calgary Flames; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. New York Islanders

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